According to research released this week from The Co-operative Insurance, almost 1 in 4 dogs (24%) and cats (23%) have their own social feed or page – which leads us to wonder, does your pet have their own account and where do you stand on ‘pet selfies’?

The research also discovered that average dog owner, takes 527 pictures and selfies of their dogs each year. Dogs lead the way on instagram, where 6% have their own instapics, and 2% even have their own blog.

The enthusiasm people have for their pets, is further evidenced by almost two thirds of pet owners (64%) admitting they spoil their animals with dog owners admitting it’s the companionship that drives them to pamper their pet.

Despite the affection that people clearly have for their pets, the results do also highlight that the majority of pet owners haven’t got pet insurance, with only 38% of cat owners and 55% of dog owners having insurance in place for their pets.

Andrew Nevitt, Pet Insurance Manager at The Co-operative Insurance comments:

“These findings show that dogs very narrowly come ahead of cats, on the social media front. We are a nation of pet lovers, and people clearly enjoy showing off their pets. The ease of being able to regularly share updates and photos of pets with friends, family, and wider circles on social media means this is a trend that is likely to continue.

“However given the important role that pets play in many families’ lives, it is important that people also give adequate consideration to their wellbeing and ensure they have insurance in place, to cover against any unexpected eventualities such as trips to the vet.”

Jackson & Chloe Office

K9 Magazine’s Jackson and Chloe’s selfie from 2005

Share your own #PetSelfies with us on Twitter @K9Magazine and @CoopInsurance – we’d love to hear from you!

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